By Steve Higginbotham
In 2012, a Bible that was given to Elvis Presley in 1957 by
his aunt and uncle was auctioned off. It is clear that Elvis actually
read and used this Bible, for it contained several marginal notes written in
his own handwriting. One such note is found in the margin of Luke
9. It says, "For what is a man advantaged if he should gain the
whole world and lose himself or be castaway." Interesting insight
from a man who had so much of what this world values.
But to the real point of this article. The Bible sold
for $97,000.00. What I find of particular interest is that the value of
this Bible was determined by the person who owned it. Oh, I understand
how the whole "celebrity thing" works, but I just thought it was
ironic that (from the world's point of view) the owner of this Bible brought
value to the Bible. However, the Bible is "priceless" no matter
who owns it, and frankly, the value of a Bible is not increased by its owner,
rather the Bible brings value to its owner. Give it some thought.
Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN. He
may be contacted through the congregation's website at
http://www.karnschurch.org [Copyright © 2012, Steve Higginbotham.
Permission is granted to copy these articles.]